11/06/2021 Vocal Point

Hi All

Vocal Point is early this week, and there is a very important reason for that. You will have received an email from Jenny Webster informing you about Tuesday 15 June. Jenny has very generously offered the use of her gardens for nature, model and general photography. This promises to be a great opportunity to top up our image portfolios.

There is a catch though – WE ARE LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE under current Covid restrictions – including our amateur models on the evening. It is essential that you confirm your attendance in advance with Jenny at websjen@aol.com It will be on a first come, first served basis and there could be some disappointed photographers. Please do not turn up on the evening without having confirmed your attendance with Jenny. Other outings allow us to split into smaller group, however, this Tuesday we are confined to one large garden and we will have to strictly enforce the limit of 30 people.

More later.

Best wishes

David

06/06/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Summer is here in more ways than one, and for Bromsgrove PS that means that our Tuesday evening outings start in earnest. This week we will be meeting at Droitwich – look out for more details from Mike Norton following shortly. These evenings are a great time to get new ideas from other members. It is also a chance to meet socially whilst still following all relevant covid requirements. 

Many thanks to Colin for organising the presentation from Bruce Hammersley last week. Not only did we see some excellent images, it was also a good demonstration as to how setting ourselves a project can stimulate and improve our photography.

Yesterday, twenty or so of us had an excellent visit to Stourport for photography including canals, street photography, a funfair for deliberate blur and ICM and indoor work in the amusement arcade. This took quite a few of us out of our comfort zones as we had to look for images in circumstances that we don’t normally encounter. Tony Gervis organised the event – ably assisted by his wife Linda – and deserves our thanks and congratulations for such a good day.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

31/05/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Sorry to be a bit late this week We returned last night from a visit to our daughter in London. It is just so good to do some normal things again.

Well done to everyone who received an award in our annual awards night last week. The first half was especially good with an audio visual presentation of our members’ works entered in the competitions throughout the season. Well done to Nigel for putting such an entertaining evening together.

This week we start our summer season. We have a presentation on Zoom from Bruce Hammersley – entitled Dogs and Strangers. In the second half there will also be time to discuss the rest of our summer season with proposed events and outings. Currently, there is still some doubt on the easing of lockdown restrictions and we will always comply with any of these requirements. I’m hoping that we will get a chance to meet our new members in person for the first time, along with offering support and advice to any members who request it.

See you all Tuesday

Best wishes

David

23/05/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

I’m sending this from a wet, cold and windy Cornwall on a mobile phone, so I will be very brief. Some marvellous stormy seas to shoot but impossible to keep the gear dry. Better forecast tomorrow I believe. 

What a great final print competition last Tuesday. Well done everyone who entered and congratulations to all of you who got held back by the judge. Jenny Hibbert  did a great job under very trying circumstances. It’s a shame that all the Zoom gremlins seemed to gang up on us at once. Still, we have had a superb year under the circumstances. 

This week is the final of our season. Our annual awards night is always a highlight of the year. Previously it has been an opportunity to dress 👗 up and enjoy some food, drink and great company. Let’s try and make this one a special night to end the season. 

See you all on Tuesday 

David 

16/05/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

On Wednesday a number of us had a very enjoyable outing to Cotswolds Wildlife Park. The weather was kind, the animals were largely cooperative and the socially distanced company was excellent. It was an excellent return to near normality and a chance to top up the image reserves which are running low for most of us. Well organised Jenny and Sheila.

Our AGM has now passed and your committee is very gratified with the overwhelming support that we have received from our members. We aim to continue providing you with the best reasons that we can to participate in your society on Tuesday nights.

This week we have a final competition of the season – the 4th Print competition Set Subject Autumn for Mono and Colour plus a Nature section. Good luck to everyone who has entered.

Finally, I have used the rainy weather to do a stock take of my images – never an easy task which gets worse the longer you leave it. My hard disk was filling rapidly so some tough decisions had to be taken regarding what to keep or cull, and what to back up to a separate storage device. Do you really need RAW and JPEG files for every image? Also partially edited files in Photoshop and Affinity take up an enormous amount of room. Lots of images I’d forgotten about – it is always worthwhile looking at old images which you may have initially rejected – as our editing skills improve we can often produce good images from something that we had rejected. Whilst this was a very time consuming task, it was definitely well worth doing.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

09/05/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We are rapidly approaching the end of this season with only 3 meetings left. On Tuesday we are running our AGM on Zoom – an important time to reflect on the highs and lows of the preceding year and present our plans and ambitions for the year ahead. It has been a year unlike any other but we can be optimistic about the future. Please join us on Tuesday and we will 

Last week we had a wonderful presentation from Cherry Larcombe on Creative Flower Photography. We had a chance to see some quite beautiful images and learn some useful tips and techniques along the way. This is a genre of photography that has grown in popularity in recent years – you only have to look at exhibition results to see how many awards have been picked up by this type of image. Cherry’s presentation style was relaxed, friendly and informative. Another great night on Zoom.

Currently there is a lot of optimism around the vast improvements in the coronavirus epidemic. We will always be observant of any rules and guidelines that may be in place, but we can look forward to putting together an entertaining programme of summer events and outings, allowing us to return to more normal photography with the bonus of proper social mixing. In addition, it is our aim that more experienced members will be available to mentor and offer advice to anyone who needs it. There are two events arranged for the near future – Cotswolds Wildlife Park on 12 May and Stourport Town Centre on 5th June. Details of our full summer programme will follow in the very near future.

See you all Tuesday

Best wishes

David

02/05/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Our first nature outing to Coughton Court this week was a huge success. We have already seen some stunning images of bluebells and other subjects in our social media feeds. The advantage of a large site such as Coughton Court meant that members could meet in small groups complying with current restrictions. Our next outing to Cotswold Wildlife Park isn’t far away on 12th May. Another great chance to rebuild our portfolios after a lean year.

Jenny has also published her Nature Blog for May  jenny-websters-nature-tips  which is full of excellent ideas for shots in May. Nature is often at its best at this time of year – full of vibrant colours and plentiful wildlife activity.

Congratulations to all winners in the Annual Open Competition last week. There were so many good images for our judge Peter Young to choose from – and so many potential winners.

I’m sure that you have all noticed how well creative images are doing in not only club competitions and external exhibitions. Our meeting this week is brought to us by Cherry Larcombe EFIAP ARPS DPAGB BPE*5 on Creative Flower Photography. These images can be done by anyone with a basic background in image editing. Personally, I always feel that the results are good enough to hang on your wall at home, as much as on the wall of an exhibition.

There aren’t many evenings left in our current season. On 11th May we have our AGM. There’s still time to put your name forward for the committee if you feel that you have something to offer Bromsgrove PS in the year ahead – don’t be shy, we always value new ideas and input.

Finally – our new print boards are in use at the shop front display in the High Street. This has attracted a lot of public interest and even some new members, so it has been an overwhelming success.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

25/04/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

It was a pleasure to see Julian Elliotts presentation this week with images from Mongolia. We rarely see images from this part of the world and it was absolutely fascinating. Julian’s presentation style went down well with the membership. In his career as a professional travel photographer he has images from around the world. It would be a pleasure to see him at Avoncroft in the future for an in person presentation.

This week it is the turn of the Open competitors for the Annual Print and PDI competition. Good luck to all who have entered. Our judge is Peter Young LRPS, CPAGB, AFIAP HonPAGB, who we all know very well.

You will all have received an invite to take part in a survey from our Programme Secretary. Committee is busy making decisions on how BPS will run from September onwards. Whilst we can all hope that the country is back to normal by then, that will be far from guaranteed. It is also possible that a significant proportion of members will be unwilling to return to in-person meetings for some time. We need your help in making decisions as to how our society will run in the next season so please take part in the survey as soon as possible.

We are optimistic that we can run a summer programme this year – whilst complying with any rules or regulations relating to the coronavirus situation at that time. We plan to have a mentoring system in place, whereby more experienced members will be available to help small groups of members with advice on topics such as camera settings, composition, nature topics, and much more. Beks has done an excellent job in running the Roger Lewis Foundation course this season. Now is the time to put all that theory into practice. 

Should we return to Avoncroft for our meetings next season, then we will be putting a lot of focus on the early sessions – with theoretical and practical advice on improving your photography. So – watch this space.

Finally, our Publicity Officer – Anne Galbraith-Jellie – does an excellent job maintaining our social media on Facebook and Twitter. This is an excellent way of spreading the word about Bromsgrove PS. I realise that Facebook isn’t for everyone, but if you are on it then please LIKE and follow Bromsgrove Photographic Society. Also, when you receive a post from our page then why not share it with your Facebook friends. Positive publicity is always good for our society and its future.

See you all Tuesday

Best wishes

David

18/04/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well done to all our competition entrants in the Annual Novice Print and PDI competition. We had a large entry with an abundance of quality entries – congratulations to all the successful images.

It has been a very successful week for some of our members. Peter Young can now add Hon PAGB to his name after being awarded the J S Lancaster Medal for exceptional service to the PAGB. Jenny Webster has been successful with her ARPS panel – we had the pleasure of seeing this excellent work in a recent presentation from Jenny. Well done to both of you.

We have two events to look forward to on Tuesday evening. Rebekah Nash will present the final part of the Roger Lewis Foundation Course at 7-00 pm. This will be followed at 8-00 pm with Mongolia – from the landscape to eagle hunters – presented by Julian Elliott. We don’t often see images from that region of the world and this promises to be a fascinating evening.

A final request please. it has come to our attention that some of our recorded lectures on Youtube have been shared outside of our membership. We are fortunate that most of our presenters and judges are happy for us to allow recording of our meetings, but it is essential that this privilege is not abused. This is purely for the benefit of our members. I know that the incidence of this happening is very low, but the reputation of our society is at stake. Many thanks.

See you all on Tuesday

David

11/04/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We were thoroughly entertained by Tony Gervis this week. We were shown an excellent set of images – and a world tour into the bargain – accompanied by Tony’s generous advice and top tips. Yet again an excellent evening with one of our own members.

This week we are down to the serious business of our Annual Open Competition for Novices – judge Bob Moore. It has been a pleasure to see how our novices have developed during this season and I am looking forward to seeing a strong entry this week.

As you will know, certain restrictions are lifting this week, with more to be lifted in the near future if everything goes to plan. This should give us more and more photographic opportunities in the months to come – along with more social interaction. Let’s hope it won’t be too long until we are meeting face to face again.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David